Bengaluru: The 5th World Coffee Conference (WCC) 2023, jointly organized by the International Coffee Organization (ICO), the Coffee Board of India, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Government of India), the Government of Karnataka, and the Coffee Industry, concluded successfully. The event witnessed participation from 80 countries, including 2609 delegates, 323 international delegates, 253 exhibitors, 13,947 business visitors, and 347 B2B meetings.
During a conversation with the media on Thursday, Dr. K. J. Jagadish, CEO of the Coffee Board, highlighted that the four-day conference included discussions on intriguing subjects. These topics encompassed the livelihood of farmers, the necessity of transitioning from a linear to a circular economy, the prospective success of the coffee industry, approaches to mitigate crop losses, the engagement of youth in coffee culture in India, enhancing farmers’ efficiency and productivity through data and technology, as well as exploring business opportunities for coffee start-ups, among others.
Dr. K. J. Jagadish mentioned that the conference featured a total of 45 knowledge sessions, featuring 127 speakers, including 80 international experts and 47 from India. The 5th World Coffee Conference and Expo successfully concluded, with participation from 80 countries, which included 2609 delegates, 323 international delegates, 253 exhibitors, 13,947 business visitors, and 347 B2B meetings.
Dr. K. J. Jagadish emphasized that the World Coffee Conference exhibition authentically reflects India’s progress in its journey towards becoming a significant coffee nation. It encompasses the entire coffee value chain, spanning from the farm to the cup, and provides comprehensive representation, he added.
On September 28th, 2023, the 5th World Coffee Conference (WCC) 2023 concluded on a high note at the Bangalore Palace in Bengaluru. The event was organized by the International Coffee Organization (ICO) in collaboration with the Coffee Board of India, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Government of India), the Government of Karnataka, and the Coffee Industry. The conference featured 45 knowledge sessions with a total of 127 speakers, including 80 international experts and 47 from India. The 5th World Coffee Conference and Expo concluded with active participation from 80 countries, bringing together 2609 delegates, 323 international delegates, 253 exhibitors, 13,947 business visitors, and facilitating 347 B2B meetings.
Dr. K. J. Jagadish remarked that India’s burgeoning reputation in the coffee industry, renowned for its sustainable and high-quality coffee production, is increasingly garnering global recognition. The World Coffee Conference has played a pivotal role in showcasing India’s unwavering commitment to quality and sustainability. This, in turn, has unlocked new business prospects and stimulated innovations within the coffee sector. The conference has piqued the interest of industrialists, tech enthusiasts, and innovators, contributing to the growth of India’s coffee culture, particularly in cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, and Kolkata. Coffee shops have evolved into creative hubs, and we extend support to aspiring entrepreneurs, despite the challenges they may face. Our focus remains on promoting responsible agricultural practices and enhancing global awareness to elevate coffee production standards.
During the 4-day WCC 2023 event, various competitions and championships took place, with the most prestigious being the National Barista Championship. Hrishikesh Mohite from Café De Meet emerged victorious in the National Barista Championship 2024 at WCC 2023. Priti Pradhan secured the Women’s Star Brewer Skills Championship, while Mohammad Afsar was honored as the champion who will represent in the International Latte Art Championship in Taiwan.